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Steve Kerr will not coach the Warriors in Game 1 against the Jazz on Tuesday night, and nobody knows when he will return to the bench.
On Monday evening, Warriors GM Bob Myers was asked about Kerr's status.
"You know what's been pretty cool, which is unusual in sports -- the people that inquire about Steve and ask me about him -- they inquire on a more humane level than, 'How are we gonna win the game without Steve?' They first ask about Steve as a person," Myers explained on KNBR 680. "And I think that's a real testament, especially in this culture, in this society where it's a lot more about, 'I don't care who you are or what you're dealing with, I need the team to win the game.'
"And when I get asked about Steve I get the sense that people just want to know about the man, how is he doing as a person. And that's nice."
KNBR host Tom Tolbert, who played with Kerr in college at Arizona, followed up by saying: "And I think it goes hand-in-hand with why he's such a good coach -- he reaches people ... that's who he is. That to me in a nutshell is coaching. It's not as much the X's and O's. I know a lot of people that can draw up plays and gameplan and stuff like that.
"It's getting people to feel like, 'You know what, he cares about me and he cares about how well I'm doing as a person,' ... he generally cares ... he cares about that type of stuff ... I think people see that in the interviews. They see the way he coaches, they see when people talk about him ... people really care about this guy."
Myers added: "And that skillset is unusual, right? If everybody was like that it wouldn't stand out. But the fact that he displays that makes him him. It makes him unique. And that's the part that we lose right now.
"We're gonna move on and this is adversity and you need it and you deal with it, but you don't replace that type of person.
"The good thing is he's still around, he's still around in spirit, he's still talking to our coaches, he's still gameplanning ... so his presence is there."